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- By Sandy Neilly
- Winter, here in Ontario, has been quite kind to us this year,
all things considered.
- Back in very early January, we headed to Florida thinking
we would miss three weeks of cold weather only to endure temperatures
that were pretty close to the weather here at home. We comforted
ourselves with the its just nice to get away
line, but the cool weather affected almost everything we did.
- Outdoor markets were poorly attended by both vendors and
buyers alike - and who could blame anyone for staying bundled
up at home? There were a few diehard sellers, probably snowbirds
from the northern states, (or provinces) who rolled out their
wares, but it was slim pickins on all but one or two antiquing
- (Apparently we should have headed west to Vancouver and the
Olympics instead if we were looking for warm weather.)
- There is one advantage to lousy weather when youre
on vacation; it makes it much easier to come home. If it had
been a typical warm, sunny Florida day when we left, there might
have been a small skirmish to deal with - but that wasnt
- Arrival back was also sweetened with the prospect of attending
the Kingston Cabin Fever show, which is always a wonderful event
to get to. Its a nice size, without being overwhelming,
and the variety of items is amazing. This year was no different
and it was a real pleasure to look around and talk to any vendors
who could spare a second in between buyers.
- Trying not to impede traffic while taking photos at shows
is a constant struggle and I really am grateful for the time
and kindness offered by most vendors. We realize how hard everyone
has worked to get their booths set up (at any show) -
right from the purchase of the items for reselling through to
the loading up of their vehicles, the driving, the unpacking,
even the sale itself. Its all hard work and their success
depends on the people who have paid admission to view the wares
and hopefully purchase them.
- I recall a gentleman, (long since passed away) who used to
know everyone east of Toronto, or so it seemed. This kindly,
and very interesting man would run into more friends at any given
antique show than a politician would after winning an election.
The problem was, we used to bring a lot of church pews to shows
- and that is precisely where this sociable gentleman liked to
sit and chat with a few friends - often in the middle of our
booth. There were many occasions when prospective buyers would
attempt to enter the booth, struggle to get past a few pair of
outstretched legs, and then turn around and go to the next vendor.
It got a bit frustrating at times. After tolerating this for
some time at a number of shows, we did learn to re-situate any
seating we brought to sell, and would try to place some objects
strategically on those items so as to further discourage friendly
group meetings. But even those efforts failed at times, leaving
us with no option but to gently ask the oblivious person to chat
elsewhere - an awkward thing to have to do.
- Moral of the story; its best to visit with friends
somewhere other than the booth of a dealer who is hoping to have
a great show and might be too kind-hearted to ask you to move
- Sometimes we dont realize these things, so there ...
now its been said.
- Spring is coming - we can tell by all of the shows lined
up in the calendar, (quite different from the Jan/Feb issue,
where we had to sneak in an extra month). Our conversations with
shop owners and show organizers, both established and new, are
full of optimism and enthusiasm for the upcoming season. It holds
- A warm welcome back to everyone who has been hibernating
or out of the country.Weve missed you. Now its time
to get those sneakers dusted off.
- Spring is around the corner and we all have to get down to
business and plan our excursions and adventures. There are wonderful
things waiting to be found at our fabulous shops and shows. The
enjoyable part is finding them. The tough part is knowing where
to begin. If youre having trouble deciding where, exactly,
to start, the best place would be right here, in the Wayback
Times. There are so many wonderful places to choose from.
- Have fun and remember not to leave the paper at home when
you leave. Youre going to need it.
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